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to be borrowed, and therein lies the necessity of raising the debt ceiling precisely to fund the difference between all that the government wants to spend and the tax revenue that's going to happen. and it's important to note, by the way, that raising this debt ceiling is not about paying for past bills incurred. i know that's repeated around here all the time. it's totally untrue. we have a funding for the appropriations process that expires at the end of march. there is no appropriation that's in place going forward. the debt ceiling increased the authority to borrow more money -- increase, the authority to borrow more money is all about future spending, which is part of the reason why some of us think this is a very sensible moment to try to bring some discipline to that future spending. and what would happen if we don't raise the debt ceiling right away? well, if we don't, we would have to have a 25% cut in all government spending, and that's -- that's pretty massive. that's pretty problematic. now, the administration and some actually go way overboard in the threats that they attach to
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